Careful that you don’t “go on record” here, lol!! In all seriousness, though, your post shows a grasp of the deeper issue here. Too many bleeding hearts, here, methinks.
you cannot treat those that get their jollis from torture and killing of other creatures, lightly, at any age. it’s an addiction and they soon need a bigger thrill.
like i said, beat them within an inch of their lives. see’if they make a real personality change after and conclude maybe i shouldn’t take sadistic pleasure in the torture and killing of others, it kind of sucks’to be’on the receiving end, and if they change, fine, if not, end them right there.